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Our puppet performance and making program enables you to mix and match workshops to suit the needs of your classroom, as well as allowing the possibility of lengthier artist-in-residence programs.

School of Puppetry workshops are a potent vehicle for arts education and can be tailored to meet the needs of both primary and secondary students. The program was established in consultation with professional teachers and has been designed to reflect the desired learning outcomes stipulated by the Western Australian Curriculum Council:

  • Arts Ideas
  • Arts Skills and Processes
  • Arts Responses
  • Arts in Society

Our workshop tutors have been trained to present structured workshops that will have your students brainstorming, creating, making and performing!

Workshop options include:

Introduction to Puppets
A Puppetry Presentation for large groups, with interactive demonstrations and intriguing insights into the wonderful world of puppets and puppetry techniques. Marionettes, Bunraku, hand, rod body puppets and many more will be brought to life for your group. 40+ students

Junk Puppets
Utilising recycled materials along with wire, glue, drills, saws, hammers and loads of imagination, children create fantastical creature puppets from junk. Combining problem solving skills, technology and construction principals of puppetry design. Suitable for children aged 9 and above.

Hand Puppets
Our most popular workshop, creative and perfectly suited for young children aged 4 and above. Children will be creating their own puppet characters using a range of soft fabric materials and the difficulty level of the workshop can be adapted for different age ranges.

Paper Puppets
A whole world of curious creatures can be discovered with a few egg cartons, newspaper and a lot of crumpling, folding and sticking. From a material that usually ends up in the bin comes a menagerie of paper puppets. Suitable for children aged 7 and above

Performing With Puppets
Acting, story creation, puppet manipulation and play. This workshop introduces children to performance skills through improvisation and storytelling and is a great addition to a puppet making workshop or enjoy using our professionally made collection of puppets.

All workshops run for 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 30 students.

Ages:

Kindergarten, Primary Stage 1 (Y1-2), Primary Stage 2 (Y3-4), Primary Stage 3 (Y5-6), Secondary Stage 4 (Y7-8), Secondary Stage 5 (Y9-10), Secondary Stage 6 (Y11-12)

Locations:

Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Mandurah, Perth, Rockingham

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